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Warriors 2010 Summer League Blog
2010 SUMMER LEAGUE BLOG
During the month of July, warriors.com will feature complete behind-the-scenes Summer League coverage from a variety of Warriors sources. With submissions from the full-time Blog Squad roster, the Warriors 2010 Summer League Blog is the best place for Warriors fans wanting the inside scoop on all of this year's summer action in Las Vegas.

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Monday, July 19 (11:37 a.m.)
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Leaving Las Vegas On A Winning Note

A successful NBA Summer League is in the books for the Warriors, and at 3-2, the team finished with a winning record in Las Vegas for the fourth-consecutive year. Check out the video below to check out some of the top highlights from the last week and a half in Las Vegs.


As indicated in the video above, Reggie Williams had a huge presence on this Summer League team. He led the team in scoring and was second in the summer circuit with 22.6 points per game. In addition, Williams was named to the NBA Summer League All-Tournament Team.

Although Williams was the team’s best player in Las Vegas, it wasn’t only about him. Seeing his first game action since the spring of 2009, Brandan Wright showed tremendous promise for the 2010-11 season. He played in just two games, but was aggressive and successful in getting to the free-throw line. Wright wound up scoring 31 points in 46 minutes over both games, during which he attempted 19 free throws. More importantly, he showed that he will be ready to play some important minutes for the team beginning this fall.

For a look at the Warriors’ 2010 Summer League in photos, click on the image below:


Although the Summer League was important for guys like Williams and Wright, it may have been even more critical for the team’s free agents. Thirteen of the summer league’s squad 15 players were looking to secure an NBA job. Of those players, Brian Chase, Kim Tillie and Andre Brown made the strongest cases for another look from the Warriors or another NBA team.

Chase, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Virginia Tech who has played professionally in the NBA Development League, Russia, France and most recently in Spain, made some big plays for the Summer League squad. He knocked down the game-winner against Miami last Tuesday and led the team in assists (4.6 apg). With Williams sitting out the second half of Thursday’s finale, Chase took over and led the team to the 86-76 win over Phoenix by finishing with 20 points and five assists.

Andre Brown also saved his best Summer League performance for last, tallying a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Suns. After playing parts of three seasons in the NBA during a career that has taken him all over the world, Brown led the Warriors’ summer squad with 7.8 rebounds a game (ranked 12th in NBA Summer League), including three games with at least 10 boards.

The Warriors’ best Summer League story, however, might belong to Kim Tillie. A late addition to the team, the 6-foot-11 forward from France showed tremendous athleticism and hustle during his brief stint with the Warriors. Tillie was third on the Warriors’ Summer League team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and tied for the team lead in rebounding (7.8 rpg).

Check out the rest of Summer League Central, for full coverage of the team in Las Vegas, including game recaps, stats and more. And For full access to all of the team’s videos, highlights, interviews and photos from the last few weeks, click here.



Friday, July 16 (10:49 a.m.)
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Taking Notice Of Reggie Williams – On A National Level

The play of Reggie Williams and his path to get there was one of the top stories of this year's Summer League. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)
Well, the cat is out of the bag. Reggie Williams is the real deal, and the national media has taken notice. No longer is the Warriors’ crown jewel pick-up out of the NBA D-League a secret among Bay Area basketball fans. If his 15.2 points per game over the final month of the 2009-10 season didn’t do the trick, his performance in the 2010 NBA Summer League certainly did. The subject of a recent entry of NBA.com’s Summer League Blog, Williams was also featured in today’s Daily Dime on ESPN.com.

Several of Williams’ recent interviews can be found on our Summer League Multimedia page, and a story earlier this week from the Richmond Times-Dispatch in his native Virginia shares some interesting notes on the 6-foot-6 swingman’s journey to the NBA.

In Las Vegas, Williams averaged 22.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. His scoring output currently ranks third to Cleveland’s J.J. Hickson (26.0 ppg) and Memphis’ Sam Young (23.0 ppg), who have a combined five games remaining.

Williams closed out an impressive Summer League with 18 points in less than 19 minutes during Thursday’s 86-76 victory over the Suns. Following the game, which for Williams was cut short by a strained right hamstring, NBA TV caught up with the Warriors’ star of Summer League:


That’s all for now, but we’ll back soon with a full recap of the Warriors at Summer League.



Wednesday, July 14 (3:53 p.m.)
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Reggie Williams - More Than Just A Scorer

If you’ve been following the Warriors’ Summer League action in Las Vegas, you’re well aware that Reggie Williams has been one of the hottest players on the strip. He’s leading the summer circuit in scoring at 23.8 points per game, but he has been so much more than a pure scorer. Rather, he’s been a playmaker and the go-to player for the Warriors.

More often than not, Williams has come through. In addition to the points he puts on the board, he has also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. With the game on the line on Tuesday night against the Heat, the ball – not surprisingly – found its way to Williams. But the former NBA D-League player did not force the shot. Instead, he set up teammate Brian Chase, who knocked down a deep three-pointer that ultimately lifted the Warriors to a 72-69 win over the Heat.

It’s no secret that Williams can score. He led the NCAA in scoring as a junior and senior at VMI (Virginia Military Institute), but he knows in order to get better as an NBA player he needs to involve others on the offensive end. Williams discussed that and much more with Tim Roye earlier today, and you can listen to that interview below:


Reggie Williams Interviewed By Tim Roye - 7/14/10

For more on Williams, check out this story from NBA D-League.com. Also, find out what Summer League Coach Stephen Silas had to say after last night’s win in the video below:


And be sure to check out Bob Fitzgerald's interview with Coach Silas that aired on KNBR earlier today:


Stephen Silas On KNBR - 7/14/10

For a complete recap of Tuesday’s game, click here. And remember, the Warriors will close out their Summer League schedule on Thursday at 3 p.m. against the Phoenix Suns, and fans can watch that contest live on NBA TV or on NBA.com’s Summer League Broadband.



Tuesday, July 13 (12:41 p.m.)
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Warriors-Heat Tonight At 7:30; Plus Reggie Williams & Larry Riley Interviews

The Warriors continue their Summer League action tonight at 7:30 when they take on the Miami Heat. No, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will not be playing, nor will new Warriors acquisitions David Lee and Dorell Wright suit up, but it should be an entertaining matchup nonetheless.

Tonight’s game, which you can watch live on Summer League Broadband but not on NBA TV until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, will feature the two highest scoring players in the NBA Summer League. Heading into today’s games, Reggie Williams and Miami’s Kenny Hasbrouck lead the Summer League with 24.0 points per game, although the Heat have played just one game thus far in Las Vegas. Listen to Williams' appearance on KNBR from earlier today in the audio player below:


Reggie Williams On KNBR - 7/13/10

The Warriors will be looking to improve to 2-2 in tonight’s game, but as stated by General Manager Larry Riley in the video below, wins and losses are far less important in Summer League than in the regular season.


Speaking of Riley, the general manager finalized a trade earlier today that sends Anthony Morrow to New Jersey in exchange for a conditional 2011 second round draft pick and a traded player exception. This trade comes a day after the team signed free agent forward Dorell Wright.

Get caught up with or stay on top of all Warriors news at the News And Photo Archive, and be sure to come back later tonight for a full recap of tonight’s Warriors-Heat game in Las Vegas.



Monday, July 12 (10:04 p.m.)
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Brandan Wright & Keith Smart Interviews; Udoh Injury Update

After three games in three nights, the Warriors finally had an off-day today – only it’s not exactly an off-day. Golden State’s Summer League squad held a practice earlier today and with two games left in Las Vegas, there is still plenty to look forward to in Summer League.

For starters, there’s Brandan Wright. Seeing his first game action in more than a year, Wright has scored 31 points in 46 minutes over two games (he sat out Sunday’s contest vs. Washington). The forward has certainly been aggressive in his time on the floor, and his 19 free-throw attempts are indicative of that. Wright discussed his approach to this year’s Summer League earlier today with Tim Roye, and you can listen to that interview below:


Brandan Wright Interviewed By Tim Roye - 7/12/10


While Wright has shown some promise, teammate Reggie Williams has been one of the top performers of the NBA Summer League. He currently ranks tied for first in scoring (24.0 points per game) and his 34 points on Sunday were the highest single-game output of this summer’s action in Las Vegas. Warriors Assistant Coach Keith Smart discussed the play of Williams and much more in this video:


One player in Las Vegas but unable to participate in Summer Leaague is rookie forward Ekpe Udoh. The Warriors' first-round draft pick (No. 6 overall) will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist on Wednesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bill Green, who examined Udoh on Monday in San Francisco.

In other Warriors news, the team signed Dorell Wright to a contract earlier today. A six-year NBA veteran who previously played for the Heat, Wright is a versatile player best known for his defensive abilities. At 6-feet-9 and 210 pounds, the guard/forward fills many of the Warriors’ needs. Learn more about the free agent signing and watch an interview and other videos of the newest Warrior by clicking here.



Sunday, July 11 (11:09 a.m.)
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Video Interviews With Stephen Silas & Stephen Curry

The Warriors fell to 1-1 in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after Saturday’s 89-69 loss to the Pistons. Golden State struggled offensively, shooting just 31 percent from the field in the contest, but Coach Stephen Silas still saw plenty of positives in the game. Watch his post-game interview in the video below, and get a full game recap including photos, highlights and more by clicking here.


During a break in the action on Saturday, Stephen Curry sat down for an interview on NBA TV, and you can watch that interview below:


Summer League action for the Warriors continues today at 5 p.m. against the Washington Wizards. John Wall, the No. 1 selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, is expected to make his NBA debut in this contest, and fans can watch the action on NBA TV or on NBA.com's Summer League Broadband.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes coverage of the Warriors at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.



Saturday, July 10 (2:00 p.m.)
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Warriors Win Game 1, Prepare For Game 2

Brandan Wright tallied 18 points and six rebounds in the Warriors Summer League opener. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)
GAME RECAP, PHOTOS, HIGHLIGHTS

The Warriors started off their Summer League schedule with a 77-76 victory over the Pistons on Friday night. Reggie Williams scored a team-leading 22 points, and Brandan Wright, playing for the first time since going down with a shoulder injury during the team's 2009 training camp, added 18 points and six rebounds.

View a full recap of the game, including photos, video highlights and more by clicking here.

The Warriors will not have much time to celebrate the victory, as they will return to action today at 5 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons. The game can be seen live on NBA TV or via NBA.com Summer League Broadband.

Following this morning's shootaround, Tim Roye caught up with free agent hopeful Ben Woodside, who started at point guard for the Warriors on Friday and finished with 11 points. Listen to his interview below.

Ben Woodside Interview - 7/10/10


Stay tuned for more coverage, and remember to watch today's game at 5 p.m.



Friday, July 9 (9:57 a.m.)
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Thursday Practice Photos & Stephen Silas Interview

The Warriors tip off their 2010 Summer League action tonight in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. against the New Orleans Hornets (Watch it live on Summer League Broadband). This will be the first of five games in seven days for Golden State, and the team prepared for the busy schedule with a pair of practices on Thursday. View a photo gallery of Thursday’s practices by clicking on the image below:


In between practice sessions on Thursday, our very own Tim Roye caught up with Warriors Summer League Head Coach Stephen Silas. Listen to that interview below:

Stephen Silas Interview - 7/8/10


Stay tuned for more coverage, and be sure to check out our previous entry to watch an interview with Reggie Williams conducted by none other than Assistant Coach Keith Smart.



Thursday, July 8 (5:15 p.m.)
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Coach's Corner: Reggie Williams Sits Down With Keith Smart

Between the Warriors' two practices in Las Vegas today, swingman Reggie Williams sat down for an interview conducted by none other than Warriors Assistant Coach Keith Smart. The two discussed a variety of topics and Smart also asked Williams several questions submitted by fans right here on warriors.com.

Watch the full interview below and stay tuned for more exclusive videos in the days ahead.



To submit your questions for our upcoming interviews, visit Summer League Central and fill out the form on the left side of the page. For a full breakdown of the Warriors Summer League roster, read our previous entry.

Remember, the Warriors tip off their Summer League action on Friday against the Hornets at 7 p.m., and fans can watch the game live on Summer League Broadband.



Thursday, July 8 (2:41 p.m.)
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A Player-By-Player Look At The Summer League Roster

The Warriors Summer League squad has wrapped up the first of two practices today in Las Vegas, and with the team set to play its first game on Friday, we figured now would be a good time to go over the roster.

The Warriors' 2010 Summer League team held the first of two practices earlier this morning. (warriors.com photo)


Will Blalock: G, 6-1, 200 lbs.
– Selected by Pistons with 60th pick of 2006 NBA Draft out of Iowa State; Appeared in 14 games in 2006-07 with Detroit; Spent last season in the NBA Development League, averaging 10.9 points and 6.5 assists with the Reno Big Horns and Maine Red Claws.


Andre Brown: F, 6-10, 240 lbs.
– Has played professionally in NBA (75 games over three seasons with Seattle, Memphis and Charlotte), NBA D-League and overseas since his four-year career at DePaul; Played 30 games for Zhejiang Wanma (China) last season, averaging 26.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.8 minutes.


Brian Chase: G, 5-9, 175 lbs.
– Has mostly played overseas lately since wrapping up four-year collegiate career at Virginia Tech in 2003. Played last season with C.B. Valladolid (Spain), averaging 10.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.3 minutes. Played the 2008-09 campaign in Russia and France.


C.J. Giles: C, 6-11, 240 lbs.
– Played two years at Kansas prior to transferring to Oregon State for 2007-08 season. Averaged 18.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 30.6 minutes with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) last season after playing 2008-09 campaign in NBA D-League.


Joe Ingles: F, 6-8, 194 lbs.
– Played on the Warriors’ 2009 Summer League team. Averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists for CB Granada (Spain) last season. Played three seasons for Melbourne South Dragons of NBL (Australia), earning NBL Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. Played for Australia in 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Kasib Powell: F, 6-7, 220 lbs.
– Played 11 games for Heat during 2007-08 season. Averaged 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists for As Trikalla 2000 (Greece) last season. Played with Sioux Falls (NBA D-League) during 2008-09 campaign, averaging 18.6 points over 20 games. Finished collegiate career at Texas Tech in 2003.


Anthony Randolph: F, 6-11, 225 lbs.
– Averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for Warriors during 2009-10 season. Missed the last 47 games with a sprained left ankle. Had eight blocks on Dec. 23 vs. New Orleans, matching the NBA single-game season-high (Dwight Howard). Averaged 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.66 blocked shots when playing at least 30 minutes last season.


Jason Rich: G, 6-3, 205 lbs.
– Averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists for Maccabi Haifa Heat (Israel) last season. Tied the Florida State school record with 129 games played and is third in school history with 106 career starts.


Tremaine Ford-Townsend: F, 6-9, 225 lbs.
– Registered 21 double-doubles last season for USK Praha (Czech Republic), averaging 13.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in 44 games. Named First Team All-Big West and led the Big West in rebounding as a senior at Cal State Northridge in 2009. Also named Big West Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.


Ekpe Udoh: F, 6-10, 240 lbs.
– Will not participate in the NBA Summer League due to an injured left wrist. Selected by the Warriors with the sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. Named by The Associated Press as a 2010 Honorable Mention All-American. Averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.69 blocks for Baylor in 2009-10 season.


Khasif Watson: G, 6-4, 190 lbs.
– Completed collegiate career at Idaho this past year, averaging 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a senior. Is the younger brother of Warriors guard C.J. Watson. Set a single-season school record by appearing in 33 games as a junior.


Reggie Williams: F, 6-6, 210 lbs.
– Averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24 games with the Warriors last season. Signed with the Warriors on March 2, 2010, after spending most of the 2009-10 season with Sioux Falls of the NBA D-League. Led NCAA in scoring during his junior and senior seasons at VMI.


Jeremy Wise: G, 6-1, 165 lbs.
– Third-round selection (35th overall) of the 2009 D-League Draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders, later acquired by Bakersfield. Averaged 16.6 points and 5.1 assists for Bakersfield last season. Named Third-Team All-Conference USA as a junior at Southern Mississippi.


Ben Woodside: G, 5-11, 185 lbs.
– Averaged 14.2 points and 4.5 assists for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque in the French League. Invited to French League All-Star Game. Played four seasons at North Dakota State, averaging 23.2 points and 6.2 assists as a senior. Led NDSU to first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2009 and scored 37 points in first round game vs. Kansas.


Brandan Wright: F, 6-10, 220 lbs.
– Averaged 13.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.39 blocks for Warriors when playing 20-plus minutes during 2008-09 season. Sat out entire 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery in training camp to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Selected with the eighth pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by Charlotte, acquired later that night by Warriors.

For more on this summer’s roster, take a look at the Warriors Summer League Guide.

Stephen Curry is practicing with the Warriors' Summer League team in anticipation of the Team USA training camp later this month. (warriors.com photo)


Stephen Curry is not on the official roster, but he is practicing with the Warriors’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. Later on this month, Curry will participate in USA Basketball’s National Team training camp in Las Vegas. If he makes the final team, the Warriors guard can possibly represent the country at this summer’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Remember, the Warriors tip off their Summer League action on Friday against the Hornets at 7 p.m., and fans can watch the game live on Summer League Broadband. We’ll have much more coverage soon, including a report on today’s practice sessions.



Wednesday, July 7 (5:36 p.m.)
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Plenty To Look Forward To In Las Vegas

How Brandan Wright performs in Summer League will be one of several things to look forward to in Las Vegas. (warriors.com photo)
Seven practices, five games, eight days. The Warriors’ participation in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will be jam packed in activity, leaving little to no time for the extracurriculars that are often associated with Sin City. As can be expected, warriors.com will be there every step of the way with behind-the-scenes coverage throughout Summer League.

A special component of our coverage this summer will be questions coming straight from you, the fans, during interviews with Warriors players and coaches. Submit your question on Warriors Summer League Central and make sure to specify who it is addressed to. If your question is selected in one of warriors.com’s exclusive Summer League interviews, then you will win an exclusive Warriors prize. To submit your question, click here.

Among those headlining this year’s Summer League roster is Brandan Wright. The 22-year-old forward missed the entire 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder during training camp last year. Wright is now on his way back to a full recovery and he will certainly be a player to watch during the team’s five-game stint in Las Vegas. Our very own Tim Roye caught up with Wright recently, and you can watch that interview in the previous blog entry.

With Wright recovering from an injury, another Warrior just came down with one. Ekpe Udoh, the team’s first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, suffered a left wrist injury during a supervised workout at the Warriors Practice Facility on Sunday and will be held out of Summer League. Udoh, who officially signed with the Warriors earlier today, will have his wrist evaluated later this week.

“Obviously we’re disappointed that this has occurred and that Ekpe will not play in the Summer League,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley.

Read more of Riley’s statement and learn more on Udoh’s signing and injury by clicking here.

While it’s certainly a letdown that Udoh won’t be able to play, there is still plenty to look forward to when watching the Warriors in Summer League. For starters, it will be fun to see players such as Wright, Anthony Randolph and Reggie Williams back on the floor. All three are expected to play critical roles on the 2010-11 Warriors so it will be interesting to see how their games have improved since we last saw them in action.

John Wall is expected to make his Summer League debut against the Warriors on Sunday. (photo: Getty Images)
Additionally, intrigue surrounds the Warriors’ opponents. Soon-to-be Wizards rookie John Wall has more hype surrounding his debut than any other prospect since LeBron James. Wall is expected to compete in Las Vegas, and Washington’s first game this summer is against – you guessed it – the Warriors. It would also be wise to keep an eye on all opposing players. As is the case with the Warriors, most of each team’s roster is made up of free agents. A strong showing in Summer League on one team can lead to a possible training camp invite on another. The Warriors aren’t afraid to tinker with their roster through unconventional methods (i.e. heavy use of the NBA Development League), so don’t be surprised if you’re looking over the team’s roster in a few months and you recognize a few names from Summer League.

Summer League is full of possibilities and opportunities. It wasn’t so long ago that Anthony Morrow took Las Vegas by storm and earned a training camp invite and later a permanent spot on the team after a jaw-dropping performance over the summer. Can Joe Ingles be that breakthrough star in his second summer playing for the Warriors? Or will Khasif Watson, younger brother of Warriors guard C.J. Watson, steal the show this time around?

Those questions will soon be answered. The Warriors will have a multiple practices on Thursday and tip off their Summer League action on Friday against the Hornets at 7 p.m. at COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. Stay tuned for much more Summer League coverage in the coming days, and remember that you can watch all of the Warriors’ games on Summer League Broadband.



Tuesday, July 6 (11:31 a.m.)
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Brandan Wright's Road To Recovery

After averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game over his first two NBA seasons, Brandan Wright appeared to be on the verge of a breakout year. Head Coach Don Nelson said that Brandan Wright was the Warriors’ best player in the team’s 2009 training camp, but soon after he made that statement the forward suffered a shoulder injury that would cause him to miss the entire 2009-10 season.

Still just 22 years old, Wright is certainly on his way to a full recovery. He sat down with Tim Roye recently to discuss his shoulder rehab and much more, and you can see that interview in the video below:


Fans will get to see Wright and several others in action this week when the Warriors head to Las Vegas to participate in the NBA Summer League. The team will play five games in Sin City, beginning with Friday’s opener against the Hornets. To watch this game and all of your Warriors Summer League action, get Summer League Broadband. For more on the Warriors’ Summer League, click here.



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